Episode #47: My Friend Justin Joins the Show Part 2 – Diets, Fitness, Food Envy, Body For Life, Protein, and a Supreme Amount of GI Distress


Last week (ep. #47), my friend Justin joined the show for a discussion on gymnastics, martial arts, and breakdancing.  He returns this week for more fitness talk. Here’s some of what we discuss this week:

-Fad diets such as Whole 30, the Cookie Diet, and Paleo – how hard it is to eat out on these diets and the level of food envy/fixation that go with them

Aside: While this recipe is probably not kosher according to most of these diets, it is good and relatively carb free, mainly consisting of a spaghetti squash, cheese, onions, and a few other basic ingredients:

  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black olives, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 2 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet.

Bake squash 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife can be easily inserted. Remove from oven, and cool.

Meanwhile, spray a non-stick saucepan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in tomatoes, basil, bouillon cube, and black pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until you have a medium thick sauce.

Remove squash strands with a fork, reserving the shells. Layer each half with a spoonful of the sauce, a layer of spaghetti squash strands, olives, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until shells are full, or until all of the ingredients are used. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until Parmesan cheese melts.

The Latte Factor

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (definitely worth a watch, if just for some of the inspiration stories in the film)

Nomnompaleo – recommended by Justin for good Paleo recipes

-Justin’s long term plan – the blue food diet – why eat blue and purple foods?

-A walk down memory lane – Justin, Sherwood, Tim, and I go down to protein shake avenue and leave with GI distress.  In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have gone with the bootleg brand.

Bill Phillips and the Body for Life transformation experiment in college – my brother loved listening to Bill Phillips’ tape nightly for a time

Epic bars – an example of trendy, overpriced meat bars.  Want a homebrew example?  Learn how to make your own pemican.

-Justin’s take-away message: keep learning; keep trying new things.  It’s never too late to reinvigorate an old hobby or pick up a new one.  Fine words to end on.

Check out Justin’s blog (https://dietisa4letterwordblog.wordpress.com/) for a humorous and honest look at fad diets and other thoughts on health and fitness.

As always, thanks for listening!


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